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Running Events

From 5ks to marathons, 10ks to half’s, there are a wide range of running events in Australia throughout the rest of 2024. Whatever your goal, there’s an event for every runner, most of which come with a medal to add to your collection coupled with a huge sense of pride. Check out the following list of upcoming running events that Australia has in store for the second half of 2024. For running tips and ways to prevent foot pain on your next running event, head to our blog.

For those who haven’t got a full day to spare, a 5k or 10k running event is the perfect choice. Perfect for quick movers, casual runners and everything in between, the Sydney Harbour 10 & 5k is a fantastic event with great views – and could even double up as a training event for the Melbourne and Sydney marathons.

A super flat, scenic course awaits, perfect for those personal best times or just to enjoy the relaxing high you get from running or walking. The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour run throughout the world-famous Sydney Harbour is in aid of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and allows you to take in wonderful views alongside 5,000 other like-minded participants.

Both the 10k and 5k distances take in spectacular views, including a finish at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay.
One of the world’s most scenic running events in Australia, the Sydney Marathon is another one to tick off the list. Ran by over 40,000 people in 2023 and watched by over 100,000, the Sydney Marathon carries the legacy of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and stands as a global ambassador for Sydney as a tourist and fitness hotspot. The event has raised millions for charities, contributing over 1 million in 2023 alone, solidifying its place as one of the world’s most iconic running events.

The Sydney Marathon Running Show at the International Convention Centre is a fantastic opportunity to get into the marathon spirit in the run up to the main event. With 75 exhibitors, event partners and charities, it’s an opportunity to learn about the latest running technology, and get support for your race prep.

It’s also the best time for runners to pick up their race bib and gives non-participants the chance to catch a slice of the action.
Perfect for less-experienced marathon runners, as well as those looking to set a PB on a flat course, the Nike Melbourne Marathon is Australia’s most premier running event, with over 40,000 people taking part in 2023. Although general allocation is now full, there is still an opportunity to join the waitlist and get yourself on the starting line at 2024’s event.

Starting on Batman Avenue, the route takes in some of the most iconic parts of Melbourne, culminating in a finish at The Village, which welcomes you with entertainment and plenty of food and drinks options to refuel and enjoy a well-deserved cold beverage.

Running events to look forward to in 2025

Is your 2024 running calendar already full? Or maybe you’re just organised enough to already be planning next year’s events! Either way, there is a whole host of running events in Australia next year too. 2025 is hotting up to be an incredible year for running in Australia, as the opportunity for the first ever Abbott World Marathon Major is within grasp. Sydney is in its final candidacy year, meaning that 2025 could be the first time a marathon has joined the Majors since Toyko back in 2013. Our fingers are crossed for you, Sydney! Melbourne Marathon will also run again in 2025, giving new and seasoned runners another opportunity to take in the sights of this magnificent city. Subscribe for news on ticket sales, 2024 sold out in 48hrs!

Come together for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, returning to the picturesque southwest coast of Victoria on May 18-19, 2024. Over two action-packed days, this festival celebrates running in all its forms, featuring ten different distances to cater to every runner’s needs, surrounded by stunning panoramic sea-side views. Enjoy a weekend-long celebration of running, health, and wellness in the charming towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Whether you want to cheer on the family at the kite festival or find peace doing yoga on the beach, capped off with an afternoon of live music, we're here to support your journey every step of the way.